Caregiver Foolishness

Caregiver Foolishness

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For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.—1 CORINTHIANS 1:25 NIV

"I can’t believe I did this,” Rita moaned. “I’m a caregiving fool.”

Rita had accidently swallowed her husband’s medications. As his sole caregiver, she carefully set out their medications each day. But that morning Rita had carelessly grabbed his bottle instead of her own. Fortunately, the only damage was to her ego.

The day-to-day duties of caregiving can become so overwhelming that we may make careless mistakes or unwise decisions. “Foolishness” strikes when we are tired and vulnerable, making us feel even worse.

The opposite of foolishness is wisdom—God’s specialty. We may be fools, but God is always there with us, ready to carry us when we blunder.

Even God’s foolishness (if there is such a thing!) is wiser than our greatest intelligence. The extreme end of God’s weakness is stronger than we can imagine.

God knows that human caregivers will make mistakes. As our heavenly caregiver, He shares His wisdom and strength with us.

As long as we’re relying on God, then it’s okay to be a caregiving fool.

Today's Prayer:

God of strength and wisdom, even in my most foolish moments You are there. I thank You for Your wisdom when I am foolish and Your strength when I am weak.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts